15 comments on “Happy Birday to Me! – Birding Lake Albert, Wagga Wagga

  1. Oh, Ashley, I am so sorry to hear about your fires and the loss of life. I had commented previously, hoping rains had come with Spring for you. So sorry it hasn’t, please Lord, send Australia’s devastated areas of drought the rain they need so desperately…..

    On a happier note, I so thoroughly enjoyed your captures (I always do!), seeing so many different birds from ours. The Rosellas are so colorful and gorgeous! And the babies, so utterly cute!

    And, by the way…….HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, ASHLEY!! ❤

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    • Thanks so much Donna ! There is so much smoke around today, the problem is to know where it is coming from and how close the fires are. Sydney is surrounded in National Park forests. My daughter and brother and other family members were affected by fires up the coast where we will be visiting next week. Thankfully they were able to return to their homes but hundreds have lost theirs. Sadly thousands of birds nesting and over 400 Koalas were incinerated in the last couple of weeks.We do not usually get fires this time of year but the drought with unseasonable hot dry strong winds has fanned it into catastrophic fire storms. It is a worry for us next week on our week in the middle of one of the worse hit areas where I use to live. I heard they saved the house I built in the country but lost the trees and fields. I will know more later, but Summer heat is still to come, and no rain in sight. I think God is trying to get our country’s attention.Hope you enjoy the rest of the week in your new RV. 🙂

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  2. A wonderful documentation of a most amazing time away. It is always a pleasure to read your stories of great moments among the birds.
    We have had such bitter high winds and freezing cold weather, such a country of opposites. The fires offer no mercy and are thorough in their ferocity.
    I do tend to look at it long term, as the forests suffer and recover from adversity. We sometimes only see and react to the immediacy. None of which thoughts take away the bravery and skils of those dealing at all sorts of levels with the disasters and the courage and tenacity of those who have suffered.
    Hope for healing to come on gentle wings.

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    • Thanks David for your wise and thoughtful words. Yes, it is amazing how different our weathers have been, but the wind is the key element in both that drives the suffering and exacerbates either conditions. We can look ahead to a fresh green shoots, as the resilient Aussie bush recovers. It has unified and given opportunity for many brave people to shine and for unintentional heroes step out in acts of brave selfless love putting their lives on the line. This year will be remembered and talked about for the next decade. It is sad it took many birds and animals during nesting season, just months too early, but that is what it is. The Koala hospital is very busy at the moment in Port. They recon over 400 have been incinerated in very significant Koala forests, near where I use to live. My daughter and brother are safe now, but everyone there is on edge. I am meant to holiday in their area in a couple of weeks. I found out that the house I built at Killabakh over 20 years ago was almost was taken by the fire but they saved it but the property and trees were lost up to the house. Many houses were taken in that area as the fires continue to burn through country towns where friends live. Hope the weather improves for you soon, we have another bad day tomorrow, as WAs heat blows in to us. There having their catastrophic day today. Sydney has had several fire bugs, mainly children creating havoc here. Sydney is so vulnerable having National Parks surrounding it. Enjoy the rest of the week my friend.

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    • Thanks so much HJ, It was a wonderful birthday weekend we shared away from the heat and fires. Spring is such an active time for the birds and for us birders, seeking out the new nests and bird babies. Enjoy the rest of the week my friend! 🙂

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  3. I am so sorry to read about the devastating effects the drought is having on both people and animals in your country. I will certainly be praying for relief and will ask others to pray as well. On a happier note, I absolutely was stunned by the crested pigeon picture…what a beauty. I showed my husband next to me, his only word was “wow!” The colorful parrots you have just wandering around we only see in pet stores! I love the videos, especially of the bird bath. I’m glad you and your wife had such a nice trip celebrating your birthday, I wish you many, many more. God Bless!

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    • Thanks so much Jen, I do appreciate your concern and prayers for us at this time. I just spoke to my daughter and they are in one of the worse hit areas and still on full alert. Schools closed and many driving around with their valuables and clothes in their cars, unsure if their home will be next. She told me it burnt the trees and forest at the back of the house I built there years ago but they saved the house. So many houses lost and forests burnt out. Today is a cooler day there but tomorrow will be bad again. Yes, the Crested Pigeon has some beautiful colours depending on the light, similar to the speculum on ducks, changes colour depending on the angle of refraction. Our country is famous for its many parrot bird species, many of which we never see as they live in the dry desert like regions. Several became extinct after the British settlement. They became popular to the British who sent thousands of our birds overseas back to Europe and America where they were sold as cage birds and taught to talk. The Cockie and Budgie were the most popular cage birds, but were never meant to be caged. They can copy human language because they need to be able to learn the language of each new flock they encounter to survive and fly with the flock. Thanks again for your blessings dear friend and blessings to you, hubby and the boys! We are praying about whether or not to go on our holiday north in a couple of weeks in the area where my daughter and brother live, due to the fires and the very uncertain conditions there. Shalom 🙂

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  4. Wow Wagga Wagga! God must call these magnificent birds to you – I never see anything and I’m looking! Very deep thought on animals’ fear of man, occurring after the fall. Makes SO much sense in light of man’s cruel and wanton ways, like trophy hunting, agh!
    Thank you again brother, love these pics, videos, and singing. HAPPY BIRTHDAY too, may the Lord bless you and yours.

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    • Thanks dear Lisa Beth, I am always delighted to read your encouraging comments. I am so privileged to be able to share these beautiful birds with the world. Sadly at present many thousands have been incinerated, again in many cases due to evil intent of a few. Praise God he has a better world ahead!Thanks for your b’day blessings also!

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